Ken Matsui wins Greco-Roman 55kg world title on debut
Japan’s Ken Matsui won the men’s 55kg Greco-Roman title on Friday at the wrestling world championships, edging defending European champion Emin Sefershaev of Russia 7-1 in the final.
With his victory in the non-Olympic weight division, world championship debutant Matsui won Japan’s fifth gold medal in the Oslo tournament.
Japan’s Ken Matsui (right) waves his gold medal after winning the men’s 55kg Greco-Roman final at the wrestling world championships in Oslo on October 8, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Japan Federation wrestling) (Kyodo)
He also became the country’s youngest Greco-Roman world champion at 20 years and eight months, according to the Japan Wrestling Federation.
âI didn’t expect to win so I’m really surprised. I was up against a superior opponent in the final so I decided to show all my skills and have no regrets,â said Matsui.
Japan’s Ken Matsui (right) defeats Emin Sefershaev of Russia in the men’s 55kg Greco-Roman final at the World Wrestling Championships in Oslo on October 8, 2021. (For editorial use only) (Kyodo)
In the men’s 60kg Greco-Roman division, Ayata Suzuki of Japan saw his title bid end in a quarter-final loss to Azerbaijani Murad Mammadov.
Japan’s Yuta Nara and Arata Sonoda lost in the men’s 97kg and 130kg Greco-Roman first round matches, respectively.
The Japanese team for the Championships October 2-10 in Norway does not include any member of the Tokyo Olympics team.
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